New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

GetCoveredNJ: How New Jersey’s State-Based Exchange Will Make Health Coverage More Affordable

The state-based exchange will help to increase access to, and affordability of, health insurance, particularly for low-income residents.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 20, 2020

Lawmakers continue to negotiate marijuana legalization bill. Renters face impending eviction crisis.

Redistricting Commission Fails to Reflect New Jersey’s Increasing Diversity

Of the ten voting members on the New Jersey redistricting commission, there are only two women, no women of color, and no Latino participants.

Proposed Cap on Legal Marijuana Licenses Undermines Racial Equity

An arbitrarily low cap on cannabis cultivators stands in the way of equity and justice in New Jersey's legal marijuana market.

School Funding in New Jersey: A Fair Future for All

Evaluating school funding fairness and effectiveness in New Jersey under the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA).

Friday Facts and Figures: November 13, 2020

State lawmakers hurry to pass marijuana legalization bill that leaves communities of color behind.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 6, 2020

New Jersey voters legalize recreational marijuana. New Jersey's state health exchange is finally here!

Police Presence at the Polls Could Suppress Turnout

Testimony by NJPP President Brandon McKoy in support of limiting police presence at polling locations.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 23, 2020

New Jersey faces a second wave of COVID-19. Economist calculates cost of racial inequity in the United States.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 16, 2020

New Jersey lauches its own health care exchange. Millions of U.S. residents pushed into poverty by lack of federal COVID relief.

Unprecedented and Unequal: Racial Inequities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

No matter how you measure it, Black and Latinx residents have been disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 9, 2020

New Jersey's school reopening plans are racially unequal. Racial justice organizations oppose redistricting ballot question.

Budget Breakdown: Everything You Need to Know About the FY 2021 State Budget

In the midst of a public health crisis, New Jersey is setting an example for the nation to follow.

New Jersey’s School Re-openings Are Racially Unequal

New Jersey’s public schools have reopened, and not all students are having the same back-to-school experience.

Friday Facts and Figures: October 2, 2020

New bill would codify Roe v. Wade in state law and expand access to abortion care.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 25, 2020

New Jersey is one step closer to enacting a millionaires tax.

Census 2019: Poverty in New Jersey Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

Even though 2019 marked the end of a period of economic growth, nearly one in ten New Jersey residents lived in poverty last year.

Census 2019: New Jersey’s Uninsured Rate Increased for the First Time in Years

The number of uninsured New Jersey residents increased in 2019 for the first time since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fully implemented.

Support Young Workers by Expanding the EITC

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Vineeta Kapahi in support of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to young adults.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 18, 2020

Deal reached on millionaires tax, but there is still much more work to done to advance racial equity and economic justice.

Proposed Regulations Threaten Driver’s License Expansion Law

The state Motor Vehicle Commission recently proposed regulations that would impose unreasonable burdens on many driver’s license applicants.

Taxing High Speed Financial Transactions: An Answer to New Jersey’s Fiscal Crisis?

A financial transactions tax has the potential to raise billions of dollars in new revenue.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 11, 2020

Food insecurity on the rise. New Jersey surpasses 2010's census self-report rate.

New Jersey’s Budget Must Reject Austerity to Fund the COVID-19 Recovery

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of a state budget that raises revenue to fund the COVID-19 recovery.
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